Essential Report

Performance of Scott Morrison

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20
TOTAL: Approve 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65% 64% 59%
TOTAL: Disapprove 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26% 27% 31%
Don’t know 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8% 9% 10%
Base (n) 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 22% 7% 46% 3% 20%
Approve 40% 38% 46% 38% 34%
Disapprove 16% 25% 5% 26% 16%
Strongly disapprove 13% 23% 1% 26% 17%
Don’t know 8% 7% 3% 8% 12%
TOTAL: Approve 62% 45% 91% 40% 55%
TOTAL: Disapprove 29% 48% 6% 51% 33%
Base (n) 1,124 375 410 98 142
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has dipped back down to 62%, consistent with results in January (61%) and December (62%).
  • Approval of the Prime Minister is now at 91% among Coalition supporters (93% last month) and 45% among Labor voters (49% last month).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Anthony Albanese is doing as Opposition Leader?

Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20
TOTAL: Approve 41% 40% 42% 43% 40% 44% 44% 44% 44% 43% 42% 44%
TOTAL: Disapprove 32% 33% 33% 29% 33% 29% 29% 30% 28% 30% 27% 29%
Don’t know 27% 27% 25% 28% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 26% 31% 27%
Base (n) 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 9% 11% 7% 6% 17%
Approve 32% 50% 23% 38% 19%
Disapprove 22% 15% 31% 21% 24%
Strongly disapprove 11% 2% 20% 4% 13%
Don’t know 27% 23% 19% 31% 25%
TOTAL: Approve 41% 60% 30% 44% 37%
TOTAL: Disapprove 32% 16% 50% 25% 38%
Base (n) 1,124 375 410 98 142
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is now at 41%, consistent with the level last month.
  • Approval of the Opposition Leader has risen to 60% among Labor voters (from 58% in February) and is consistent at 30% among Coalition voters (31% in February).

Preferred Prime Minister

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

  Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20
Scott Morrison 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53% 50% 46%
Anthony Albanese 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23% 25% 27%
Don’t know 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24% 25% 27%
Base (n) 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 52% 31% 86% 25% 46%
Anthony Albanese 26% 49% 8% 41% 26%
Don’t know 22% 20% 6% 33% 28%
Base (n) 1,124 375 410 98 142
  • Just over half of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (52%), while around a quarter would prefer the Opposition Leader (26%). 22% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Morrison is strongly favoured by Coalition voters, with 86% believing Morrison makes the better PM, compared to Albanese (8%).
  • Just under half (49%) of Labor voters now believe Albanese would make the better PM, a notable increase since last month (42%). A third (31%) still think Morrison would make the better leader and 20% don’t know.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Overall, how would you rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

  15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07
Very poor 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6%
Quite poor 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11%
Neither good nor poor 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20%
Quite good 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16%
TOTAL: Good 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64%
Base (n) 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058
  • Rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has bounced back up to 70%, the highest rating seen in the last six months.
  • This result is driven by the increase within Victoria (65% rating quite or very good, up from 51% earlier in the month).

State government response to Covid-19

Mar 16, 2021

Q. How would you rate your state government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

TOTAL: Good 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07
NSW 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68% 65% 67% 57% 59% 61% 62%
VIC 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55% 45% 47% 50% 47% 49% 53%
QLD 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69% 69% 68% 66% 73% 68% 67%
SA 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77% 81% 81% 74% 65% 72% 76%
WA 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81% 83% 84% 87% 84% 86% 82%
  • Positive rating of state governments’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak has increased in all states since earlier this month.
  • Notably, the rating of the VIC government has risen to 62% (from 49% earlier in March). This is the highest rating in the last six months.
  • Positive rating of the WA and SA governments have also increased to 91% and 85% respectively (from 85% and 73% mid last month). This rating of the WA government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak is the highest seen for any state government to date.
  • Rating of the NSW and QLD governments remain stable at 75% respectively.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Mar 16, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has begun in Australia.

Once a vaccine becomes available to you, how long would you wait before taking it?

  15/03 01/03 18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 47% 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 12% 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,124 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,010
  • With the launch of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout underway nationwide, just under half (47%) now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible – a slight dip from earlier in March but still noticeably higher than levels at the end of 2020 and at the start of this year.
  • The same proportion of people as earlier in the month say that would get vaccinated but not straight away (40%).
  • Just over 1 in 10 (12%) say that would never get vaccinated, consistent with levels seen in the last few months.
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 47% 51% 42% 33% 44% 60% 46% 55% 45% 42%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 36% 43% 50% 38% 32% 42% 35% 42% 33%
I’d never get vaccinated 12% 9% 15% 16% 13% 7% 11% 8% 12% 20%
Base (n) 1,124 553 571 337 383 404 375 410 98 142
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (51%) and those aged over 55 (60%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (20%).

Trust in institutions

Mar 16, 2021

Q. How much trust do you have in the following institutions and organisations?

TOTAL: Trust Mar’21 Change since Aug’20 Aug’20
Australia’s border security agencies 72% 5% 67%
State & federal health authorities 70% 1% 69%
State or territory government 66% 6% 60%
Police, courts and the justice system 64% No change 64%
The ABC 59% 1% 58%
The Commonwealth public service 57% 1% 56%
Federal parliament 54% -1% 55%
News on commercial TV & radio 45% No change 45%
Print media 35% -4% 39%

 

  TOTAL:

Trust

TOTAL:

Don’t trust

Have a lot of trust Have some trust Have little trust Have no trust at all Unsure
Australia’s border security agencies 72% 24% 28% 44% 18% 6% 3%
State & federal health authorities 70% 27% 25% 45% 20% 7% 3%
State or territory government 66% 31% 22% 45% 21% 10% 2%
Police, courts and the justice system 64% 34% 21% 43% 24% 10% 2%
The ABC 59% 36% 21% 38% 24% 13% 5%
The Commonwealth public service 57% 38% 12% 45% 29% 8% 5%
Federal parliament 54% 43% 15% 39% 28% 15% 3%
News on commercial TV & radio 45% 52% 8% 36% 36% 16% 3%
Print media 35% 60% 6% 30% 40% 19% 5%
  • People currently have the most trust in Australia’s border security agencies (72%) and state and federal health authorities (70%). Trust in border security agencies has seen a 5% point increase since August last year and trust in health authorities is unchanged.
  • Trust in state or territory governments comes in as the third most trusted institution (66%), having increased by 6% points since last August. Trust in police, courts and the justice system follows closely behind (64%).
  • 57% of people trust the Commonwealth public service, and just over half (54%) trust the federal parliament, both are consistent with levels seen last August.
  • 59% trust the ABC, more than the proportion who trust commercial TV and radio news (54%). Print media is the least trusted institution with only just over a third (35%) of people trusting it.

Views towards sexual assault allegations against federal politicians and staffers

Mar 16, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault allegations against federal politicians and staffers?

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
This is just a Canberra insider story 16% 23% 9% 13% 23% 12% 11% 21% 12% 24%
What is happening in Canberra is relevant to all women 68% 62% 75% 56% 72% 75% 77% 66% 71% 63%
It’s time women were believed when they say they have been assaulted 67% 58% 76% 59% 69% 71% 76% 64% 69% 55%
Because the charge of rape is so serious, the burden of proof needs to be high 62% 66% 59% 51% 64% 71% 59% 74% 43% 61%
Base (n) 997 505 492 294 346 357 321 367 89 132
  • There is widespread agreement that what is happening in Canberra is relevant to all women (68%) and it’s time women were believed when they say they have been assaulted (67%). Over a third of people strongly agree with each statement (38% and 36% respectively).
  • Agreement with these two statements is high overall, but highest among women (75% and 76% respectively), those over 55 (75% and 71% respectively) and Labor voters (77% and 76% respectively).
  • 62% agree that because the charge of rape is so serious, the burden of proof needs to be high. While 59% of women agree with this statement, agreement is higher among men (66%). Agreement with this statement is also high among those over 55 (71%) and Coalition voters (74%).
  • Just 16% of people agree the recent sexual assault allegations against federal politicians and staffers is just a Canberra insider story.
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